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Alexander Hugh "Alex" Norton (born 27 January, 1950) is a Scottishmarker actor who played the role of Dennis Cooley in the Tom Clancy movie, Patriot Games. He is best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in Taggart, Eddie in the Renford Rejects, and McAngus in the first series of The Black Adder. He recently played Captain Bellamy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He also had a small role in Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson.

Norton was born in Househillwoodmarker and spent his childhood in Moffat street in the Gorbals before moving to Pollokshawsmarker He discovered acting at the age of 14 via an out of school drama group. This led to his part in the TV series Dr. Finlay's Casebook and with it the decision that acting was what he wanted to concentrate on. Because of his background and his father's lack of approval of his chosen career, Alex decided to avoid the traditional route into acting and instead worked from part to part. Something which has really paid dividends for him. In 1973 he became one of the founder members of the 7:84 company, touring Scotland with 'The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black,Black Oil".

Alex has appeared in numerous films including Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl and Local Hero, Bill Douglas's epic film 'Comrades', the 1998 Little Voice, Orphans, and Hollywood blockbusters such as Patriot Games with Harrison Ford."White Hunter, Black Heart, with Clint Eastwood and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' with Johnny Depp.

Probably a little known fact is that Alex has won two awards for writing. 'Extras' for channel 4, and 'Waiting for Elvis' for STV. He also has an interest in directing. {He directed the first production of Tony Roper's 'The Steamie', as well as directing the King's Theatre Pantomimes for a five year period}}

Nowadays Alex is concentrating on playing DCI Burke in Taggart. His role in the show sees him working in Glasgow for half the year.

Norton also fronts the STV crime show Unsolved.

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